To Know the Love of Christ

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus Christ walked upon this earth, one of the things that attracted people to himself and his ministry was the love he displayed for the individual. The Bible says that we today, nearly two thousand years later, can still know the love of Christ and have his same love in our lives.

Ephesians 3:17-19:
-17:  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith {believing faith}; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
-18:  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth {width}, and length, and depth, and height;
-19:  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

These verses contain more than we can study in a single Bible byte, however, today our focus is on the love of Christ. Verse 17 states that with Christ in our hearts we can be rooted and grounded in love; Christ’s love in us can become an exciting and dynamic foundation for living the Christian lifestyle.

Then, in verse 18, the Word of God shows us the four dimensions of the love of Christ. The love of Christ is the love of God in full bloom that Christ utilized in his daily life while he was here blessing people. This love of Christ does not end at the crucifixion, but currently lives in our hearts just as Christ does. With the love of Christ, we can spiritually perceive the fullness of love, its width, length, depth, and height. “Breadth (width)” indicates his love extending worldwide — to all. “Length” illustrates his love extending throughout all the ages — without end. “Height” shows his love extending up into the heavenlies — beyond the reach of negatives. “Depth” communicates his love extending into our very hearts — profound spiritual wisdom regarding how to apply the love of Christ.

In verse 19 the love of Christ “passeth knowledge,” or, beyond mere human knowledge about love. Love (the love of Christ) does not hurt, stink, or let people down like some of the songs and literature of the day claim, for the love of Christ is first and foremost spiritual and is on a higher plane than five senses love. Christ’s love is greater than most realize because it brings the Christian believer into “all the fullness of God!”

I Corinthians 8:1b:   Knowledge puffeth up, but charity {spiritual love} edifieth.

Human love and man’s basic understanding about love only puffs up the head and pulls on feelings in good and bad ways. But spiritual love is not a “head thing,” rather it is a “heart thing” delivering to the believer spiritual realities, and when applied it will always edify, build up, and encourage with unlimited blessings. The four dimensional love of Christ can always grow greater and greater in our lives.

Christ’s love can become for you endless and boundless and measureless and fathomless as it continues growing in your heart, and it leads you by the hand into all the fullness of God!